Diamer-Bhasha Dam: Kohistan villagers continue blockade of KKH for third day

The district administration failed to persuade angry land owners in Dasu, affected by the Diamer-Bhasha Dam, who continued to block the Karakoram Highway for the third consecutive day here on Sunday.

They were protesting against the delay in payment of the compensation for the land the government had acquired for the dam as well as against the establishment of a police post by the Gilgit-Baltistan in the limits of Kohistan.

The Wapda acquired 162.5 acres in 2006 for a residential colony for its workers associated with the project. They promised to pay Rs262 million to the land owners as compensation.

Infuriated by what they referred to as delaying tactics, over 1,000 residents of different parts of Kohistan District blocked the Karakoram Highway at Harban Nala Bridge in Tehsil Dasu on Friday, completely suspending traffic on the road inconveniencing commuters.

Hundreds of trucks loaded with vegetables and other goods were stuck in the traffic; passengers including women and the elderly had to walk for two kilometres to catch public transport from Harban Nala, as there is no alternative route to Mansehra and adjoining towns.

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